After the first 10 weeks of the 2020 Census, Haywood County’s self-response rate is lower than 61 other counties in North Carolina, according to data made public by the N.C. Counts Coalition.
From March 12 to May 25, 50.5 percent of Haywood households self-responded to the 2020 Census, the data said.
The 2020 Census response rate puts Haywood at rank 62 out of 100 North Carolina counties.
Local response rates have decreased for each of the federal government’s past three census attempts. In 1990, 63 percent of Haywood households responded, which dropped to 60 percent in 2000 and 53 percent during the 2010 Census.
The state as a whole has seen an about 56 percent census response rate so far in 2020, compared to a national average of 60 percent.
Census data is recorded every 10 years, and results help determine where taxpayer money is distributed by the federal government. Results also determine how many seats each state gets in U.S. Congress.
Citizens can report their information to the Census Bureau online, by phone or via mail. More information is available at www.census.gov.